In its article on the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, Wikipedia stated inter alia: “When Boko Haram kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls in 2014, Bala Usman began to protest, leading groups around Nigeria and in the kidnapped girls’ hometown of Chibok. She noticed that the Nigerian government was not prioritising the kidnapping of the schoolgirls. Because of this, Bala Usman started the campaign, #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG). Bala Usman chose the colour red for the campaign because it is a sign of “alarm, danger, a warning.” She has encouraged women “to keep the issue in the public eye.” Bala Usman has also helped coordinate meetings with the parents of the kidnapped girls and members of the Nigerian government. Bala Usman has continued to protest with the BBOG campaign into 2016. She was also featured in Financial Times, and at CNN for her work with BBOG.”
Sidelines doubts very much if Usman has been romancing the BBOG lately. Even if she is, it is certainty not openly, since her appointment as the NPA boss by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 11, 2916.
The lady described as an activist and politician could rightly be accused of no longer prioritising the matter of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls since she assumed duties as NPA helmsman.
Sidelines notes that the symbolic red of the BBOG has disappeared from Usman’s wardrobe. Of course, as NPA boss, she is surrounded round the clock by all manner of aides. Therefore, under such enviable circumstances, “alarm, danger, a warning” have obviously become unfamiliar strangers in her present reality.
In the past few days, former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, among others, leading other BBOG members and some relatives of the kidnapped Chibok girls have been struggling unsuccessfully against heavyhanded government security operatives to access the Presidential Villa for an audience with the President.
Sidelines has not sighted Usman in the midst of the BBOG protesters, because it is no longer a necessity for her “to keep the issue in the public eye”.
The beat for Usman has changed from the BBOG to the NPA.